A MAJOR scheme for improving a village's streets has been approved.
Kirklees Council's Cabinet met on Wednesday and gave the green light to improvements in the centre of Honley.
The scheme, costing more than £700,000, will see road safety improved and the streets made more attractive.
Clr Martyn Bolt, Cabinet member for environment and transport matters, said: "The street scene will be safer, cleaner and hopefully, greener.
"The vibrancy of Honley centre will be the result. The centre will stand out on its own."
Work is set to start in April.
The first phase of the scheme will see the pavements on Westgate relaid with stone.
Street lights will be replaced with traditional-style lampposts and new street furniture will be installed.
Landscaping will also be improved.
Two zebra crossings will be installed on Westgate to help pedestrians cross the road, which is sufferes from heavy traffic and parked cars.
Half-width parking bays will be introduced and parking restrictions will be brought in.
Westgate will be resurfaced and speed bumps renewed.
During phase one Church Street will have its stone-flagged footpath renewed.
Phase two will see new parking restrictions and a one-way system introduced on side streets off Westgate, including Concord Street, New Street, St Mary's Mews and Marsh Gardens.
There will also be improvements to the junction where Cuckoo Lane meets Westgate and Moorbottom.
The project is expected to be completed by November.
Some of the footways are privately owned and ward councillors Terry Lyons, Royston Rogers and Marie Bower have been involved in negotiating with owners to ensure the scheme can go ahead.
They gave their full support to the scheme.
Clr Lyons said: "It is long overdue and the patient people of Honley fully appreciate the time and effort that has been put into the scheme."
No objections have been received about the work on Westgate.
But concerns have been raised about the parking restrictions and one-way system on the side streets.
Officials say those plans will be revised before they are implemented in the autumn.
Council leader Clr Robert Light said the scheme showed regeneration was not only taking place in Huddersfield centre.
He said: "Kirklees has been accused of only being interested in regeneration in Huddersfield.
"But this administration is not just regenerating Huddersfield but the smaller villages and town centres across the borough. This is an excellent scheme."